Djordje Golubovic to Ademar Leon

Djordje Golubovic to Ademar Leon

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On the beginning of “New era” is Spanish Ademar Leon. VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 team has signed a few young players this summer who will work with well-known coach, Manolo Cadenas, who decided to get back to team which led in twelwe season between 1995 and 2007. New player  is young Serbian right back, Djordje Golubovic (20), former player of RK Partizan. Golubovic has played for U18 Serbian NT. He signed two years contract with Spanish team.Before him young Croatian goalkeeper, Matej Asanin put the sign on contract with Spaniards… ← Previous Story Kiril Lazarov about OG Tournament: “Better handball than at ECh and WCh” Next Story → Hungary in the semifinals!! Nagy and Fazekas with heroic game!! Ademar LeonDjordje GolubovicManolo Cadenas read more

Julija Nikolic plays for Macedonia at EHF EURO 2012

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← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga derby night: Kiel’s 14th win in a row against Flensburg – Lion’s storm in Hamburg! Next Story → Hergeirsson calls golden girls for the start of new winning campaign Julija Nikolic said “YES” to Macedonian head-coach, Gino Strezovski, who will count on her for the upcoming Women’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. The best Macedonian player, who currently playing in Russian TOP team, Zvezda Zvenizgorod, Nikolic (ex Portjanko) is ready to help her team-mates, despite eariler decision to finish NT career.As a member of French Arvor, she was voted for the best playmaker of the French League in the last two seasons. Julija NikolicJulija PortjankoMacedonian women’s handball read more

Loacker Bozen is newold Italian champion

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Italian handball has new-old champion. The best team for the second year in a row is Loacker Bozen who was better in the Play-Off final against Pressano by goal difference.Pressano – Loacker Bozen 26-23 (p.t. 10-12)Pressano: Sampaolo, Pescador, Bolognani 3, Chisté W, Chisté D. 1, D’Antino 2, Giongo 6, Opalic 1, Dallago 5, Miori, Picello 1, Cappelletti, Alessandrini 4, Da Silva 3. All: Fabrizio GhedinLoacker Bozen: Fovio, Andergassen, Maione 5, Waldner 1, Obrist 1, Volpi, Radovcic 5, Sporcic 3, Gufler 2, Gaeta 1, Widmann, Pircher 3, Innerebner 2, Turkovic. All: Alessandro FusinaLoacker Bozen – Pressano 33-24 (p.t. 14-12)Loacker Bozen: Fovio, Andergassen, Gaeta 6, Gufler 4, Maione 8, Obrist, Pircher, Radovcic 7, Turkovic, Volpi 3, Waldner, Widmann, Sporcic 5, Innerebner. All: Alessandro FusinaPressano: Sampaolo, Pescador, Miori, Dallago 6, Chisté W. 1, D’Antino, Alessandrini 5, Bolognani 1, Chisté D, Da Silva 6, Opalic 1, Giongo 4, Picello, Cappelletti. All: Fabrizio GhedinArbitri: Bassi – Scisci Italian handballItalyLoacker BozenPressano ← Previous Story Draw for Men’s Youth WCh in Hungary: Host team with Venezuela to open tournament Next Story → Kristina Liscevic played Final with broken hand read more

Davor Dominikovic to HSV Handball

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French hand-planet.com writes that experienced Croatian defensive specialist, Davor Dominikovic (35) has signed one year contract with EHF CL winner, HSV  Handball. Former player of many TOP teams as C.O Zagreb, Metkovic, F.C Barcelona (won EHF CL 2005), Portland San Antonio and THW Kiel, finished his deal with French Ivry a year before the end of contract by mutual agreement. Dominikovic, who won the WCh and Olympic Gold (2003 and 2004) with Croatia, is going to keep Croatian colony after Igor Vori left the team. Blazenko Lackovic and Domagoj Duvnjak are still in HSV… Davor Dominikovichsv handball transferivry handball ← Previous Story Danijel Saric denies deal with Qatar Next Story → Men’s EHF EURO 2014: Last weekend, last 6 tickets for Denmark! read more

Macedonia easily past Greece to book Qatar ticket

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dejan manaskovgoce georgievskigreecehandballKiril LazarovMacedonianemanja pribak Macedonia have been more successful than Greece in the return-leg as well, and won it 35:23 (19:9). While the first game seemed much more equal, in the second one the game as practically one-sided, with Macedonia dominating in all aspects of the game. Qatar 2015 will be Macedonia’s fourth World Championship, after they have participated at Egypt 1999, Croatia 2009 and Spain 2013. Kiril Lazarov led Macedonia’s team with 10 goals from 13 shots, while Manaskov, Georgievski and Pribak scored 4 goals each. Tzatzo scored 5 goals for Greece, being their best scorer. ← Previous Story EUROPEANS OFF TO QATAR 2015: Iceland and Hungary out – BIH first event in history! Next Story → VIDEO: Bosnian dreams come true read more

Danish girls win U19 EURO 2015

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The Danish women’s junior team won the gold medal at the European Championship 2015 in Valencia, Spain. The bronze girls from the U18 World Championship last year in Macedonia, beat Russia 29:26 (13:10) in the match for the gold.Sweden won bronze against Hungary 25:24.MVP and All-star Team announcedMost Valuable PlayerDjurdjina Jaukovic (MNE) Top Scorer & MVPAll-star teamTonje Haug Lerstad (NOR) – GoalkeeperMaitane Etxeberria (ESP) Right WingMarianna Egorova (RUS) Left WingEmily Bölk (GER) Left BackYaroslava Frolova (RUS) Centre BackCeline Lundbye Kristiansen (DEN) Right BackMaitane Etxeberria (ESP) Right WingSara Trier Hald (DEN) Line PlayerSofia Hvenfelt (SWE) Best DefensiveFinal rankings:1. Denmark2. Russia3. Sweden4. Hungary5. Germany6. Norway7. Montenegro8. Spain9. France10. Romania11. Serbia12. Croatia13. Belarus14. Portugal15. FYR Macedonia16. Lithuania ← Previous Story Dragan Adzic to lead ŽRK Budućnost until 2020! Next Story → IHF launches IHF Beach Handball Trophy read more

IN EURO 2016 MOOD Kai Hafner stops SG Flensburg

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17.TuS N-Lübbecke6:38-94 6.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen27:17+55 15.ThSV Eisenach8:34-116 kai hafner 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen38:6+124 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten11:33-66 2.THW Kiel38:6+115 7.HSG Wetzlar27:17+19 13.TVB 1898 Stuttgart13:29-71 3.SG Flensburg-Handewitt36:8+101 8.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf26:20-1 12.TBV Lemgo14:30-61 9.VfL Gummersbach24:22+11 11.SC DHfK Leipzig17:27-53 16.Bergischer HC7:37-89 4.MT Melsungen34:12+71 ← Previous Story Wisla Plock extend with Ghionea and Wisniewski Next Story → Sigurdsson calls Germans for matches against Qatar 5.Füchse Berlin29:17+59 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen38:6+124 One of the biggest surprises in the golden German squad of Dagur Sigurdsson, right back Kai Hafner, is still in “EURO 2016 mood”. That felt SG Flensburg on their “own skin” in clash in Hannover, where home team led by amazing shooting skills of German NT lefthander managed to take a point – 25:25 (10:15).TSV Hannover-Burgdorf – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 25:25 (10:15)TSV Hannover-Burgdorf: Ziemer (6/1 saves), Semisch (5 saves) – Patrail (2), Hykkerud, Häfner (8), Szücs, Karason (2), Schmidt, Christophersen (5), Kastening, Olsen (4), Johannsen, Mortensen (3/2), Lehnhoff (1/1)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (14 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (2/1), Glandorf (10), Mogensen (2), Svan (6), Djordjic, Jakobsson (1), Toft Hansen, Gottfridsson, Lauge (3), Kozina (1)Result: 0:1 (2.), 2:2 (5.), 2:4 (6.), 3:6 (9.), 4:8 (14.), 5:10 (21.), 7:11 (23.), 8:13 (26.), 10:14 (30.) – 11:15 (32.), 11:17 (34.), 13:17 (36.), 14:18 (37.), 14:20 (40.), 15:21 (44.), 17:21 (46.), 18:22 (47.), 18:24 (49.), 22:24 (53.), 22:25 (55.)Rhein Neckar Lowen trashed MT Melsungen 34:24 (16:12) only few days after their DHB Cup clash ended with same winner…Rhein-Neckar Löwen – MT Melsungen 34:24 (16:12)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Ristovski; Schmid (13), Gensheimer (9/4), Kneer, Sigurmannsson, Baena, Mensah (5), Pekeler, Groetzki (3), Reinkind (1), Guardiola, Petersson, Ekdahl du Rietz (3)MT Melsungen: Paske, Villadsen; Maric (2), Sellin (4/2), Fahlgren (2), Forstbauer, Hildebrand, Danner (2), P. Müller (2), Boomhouwer (1), Rnic (2), Schneider (2), Vuckovic (1), M. Müller (6)STANDINGS: 10.SC Magdeburg21:23-4 read more

Baltic Handball League Three teams qualify for Final4

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← Previous Story Simon Razgor extends deal at Meshkov Brest Next Story → Austrian Cup: Third league team Graz take Bregenz scalp Baltic Handball League The composition of the 2015/16 BHL season’s Final Four is becoming clearer, so far there are three teams from three different countries qualified. Last weekend Cocks Riihimäki and Granitas-Gaja-Karys Kaunas secured their places in the final tournament, both by eliminating Estonian clubs.The remaining place in the Final Four will be decided next Saturday and it promises to be a tight affair, as Dragunas Klaipeda and Serviti Põlva settled for a 27-27 draw in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.Cocks used the advantage wiselyCocks took a four-goal lead over HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper from the opening match to their home and as it was the first and only BHL game on Finnish soil this season, were determined not to let the lead slip. Finnish champion played strongly and led already at half-time by 19-11. Kehra was without left-handed backs Marko Slastinovski and Kaupo Liiva, in addition they suffered another set-back, when playmaker Uku-Tanel Laast got injured.Nevertheless, the Estonians did not give up fighting and some younger players stepped up, like Siimo Tänavots, who scored 7 goals. Cocks however kept their distance and never let Kehra too close, winning eventually by 32-24. Nico Rönnberg was the top scorer of the match with 8 goals.“The match started very well for us and it somehow felt Kehra did not believe in themselves,” commented Cocks head coach Kaj Kekki. “Obviously losing three key players did not make it any easier for the Estonians. Meanwhile, all went smoothly for us and I even managed to give a rest day to Andreas Rönnberg, who is still on his way back from a long injury break.”Cocks’ semi-final opponent in the Final Four will be Granitas. “This is a surprise,” admitted Kekki. “Prior to the season I would have predicted Kehra and Serviti qualifying to the Final Four and from this pair I did not expect Granitas to come through. But perhaps it gives more color to the finals.”Twisted logic: Viljandi wins, but losesOn Sunday, Viljandi HC hosted Granitas-Gaja-Karys Kaunas, a team they beat in last season’s Baltic Challenge League’s third place match. The Lithuanians had a four-goal advantage from the first leg (30-26) and they got a dream start in Viljandi – with eight minutes played the visitors were 6-0 ahead!Shocked hosts did not panic and fought back, at half-time it was already 13-11 to Viljandi. However, feeling the pressure they could not break away, instead Granitas kept cool and was suddenly 22-21 ahead.Viljandi made a final attempt scoring four unanswered goals and at the start of the final minute knew that one more goal would give them necessary four-goal lead. That was not to happen – Granitas lost 23-25, but qualified for the Final Four. Karl Toom for Viljandi and Deivydas Virbauskas for Granitas, both scored 7 goals.Granitas director Algis Mikučionis was obviously very happy with the outcome: “This is very very important for the club! In many areas – sportively, politically, financially. It’s not easy in Kaunas, when basketball and Žalgiris are the clear number one in everyone’s mind. These achievements hopefully will draw more attention to handball as well.”“I believe we were better prepared mentally for this quarter-final,” added Mikučionis. “The start of the match with a 6-0 lead confirms this. We concentrated on our own game and although there were some tough moments, we managed to come out on top in this equal pair.”All square in the last quarter-finalThe battle for the last Final Four place got underway on Sunday, when Serviti Põlva travelled to Klaipeda to play local Dragunas in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Teams knowing each other well and arguably quite equal opponents produced exactly what was expected – an even match, which ended in a 27-27 draw!Hosts were leading most of the match and in the second half often by 4-5 goals. When the last ten minutes started, Dragunas was ahead 25-21. Serviti did not want to lose and fought back to get an away draw, which might give the Estonian champion little advantage with the second leg being played in Põlva.“Maybe the advantage is 51-49,” commented Serviti’s head coach Kalmer Musting. “I have to praise my goalkeeper Eston Varusk, who was excellent, making 23 saves. Our wingers Kristjan Muuga and Henri Sillaste were also good, team defence worked, but the overall attacking picture I am not happy about.”“It is definitely going to be a tight affair next Saturday in Põlva,” added Musting. “We played Dragunas in EHF Cup in autumn, but I believe both teams are a bit stronger now and really on quite equal level. I hope we can use the home ground to our advantage.”Dragunas’ head coach Arturas Juškenas agreed with Musting and admitted is was a very even game. “We did have the lead most of the match, but even when were five goals up in the second half, it was a good battle. We took the pace off and were trying to keep the advantage, but in this situation our young players started missing shots and our own mistakes eventually led to a draw,” explained Juškenas.“Now it will be very tough, but I am hoping it will be similarly equal game in Põlva next Saturday and then everything is possible,” believed Juškenas. “All starts from zero and if in an even match our opponents can climb back from five-goal deficit, we can do it as well when needed.” read more

ASTI chief Teachers have had enough

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first_imgTHE GENERAL SECRETARY of the ASTI  has said that his unions’ members have students at heart, as they prepare to plan a potential strike.Members of the union voted to reject the Haddington Road Agreement on Friday, but Pat King told RTÉ’s This Week programme that the union had to do something to fight against cuts in schools.“We haven’t backed ourselves into a corner. Teachers looked at the deal and said no.For the past four or five years, the fabric of schools has been disintegrating. The staffing cuts,  loss of language supports, loss of resource supports, larger classes. And now teachers are being asked to do extra hours and extra work and they’re saying no.Asked about the decision of teacher’s union the TUI to approve the deal, calling it a “pragmatic decision to accept the lesser of two evils”, King said that is their“Everyone is entitled to make their own decisions and I respect the TUI decision.”The ASTI is due to meet tomorrow to hash out details of any strike action, but King says that the issue is the quality of education that students receive.“I can guarantee parents that teachers have students needs at heart.“It is more than likely that the target will be those commitments we made in Croke Park. That was to last until 2014 and guaranteed no pay cuts. If the government have torn up that agreement, we will have to withdraw our commitment to do extra hours.“It will mostly disrupt administration hours. It will have some impact, but not directly on students.“Teachers haven’t time to deal with everything and are being asked to do more.I expect the government to seek a solution. We hope it won’t be a strike, but are prepared to go that far.Read:  TUI votes to accept Haddington Road after ASTI members say ‘no’Read: ASTI reject Haddington Road agreement, vote for industrial actionlast_img read more

Households spend more on housing than food for first time ever

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first_imgHOUSEHOLDS ARE SPENDING more of their budgets on housing than on food, for the first time ever, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).The Household Budget Survey (HBS) showed families are spending 6.2 per cent more on housing than in 2005. However the figures also revealed that households are spending just 16 per cent of their weekly budget on food, a decline of 1.9 per cent on five years earlier.This survey was the first HBS where the reported proportion of total household expenditure for housing exceeded spending on food.Average weekly expenditure in 2009-2010 for all households was €810.61, just 3 per cent higher than the figure recorded five years earlier.The report also showed spending on transport fell by just over 5 per cent from €122.74 per week in 2004-2005 to €116.31 five years later which the CSO said was due to a decrease in expenditure on car purchases.Alcoholic drink and tobacco expenditure decreased by 16.3 per cent with some 41 per cent of total expenditure on alcohol related to drinks consumed at home.Read: Household Budget Survey 2009-2010>Central Bank of Ireland issues warning on investment firm>last_img read more

Its official Westport is the best town in Ireland

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first_imgPEOPLE OF WESTPORT and Kilkenny, you can feel pretty smug today.Retail Excellence Ireland have named you Ireland’s best town and city respectively, following a survey of 16,000 residents and business owners in 100 locations around the country.However, in terms the overall results table, Kilkenny came in eleventh.Westport came out on top overall with a total score of 85.6 per cent, with Killarney a close second at 84.6 per cent. Swords in Dublin was in third place, followed by Ashbourne in Meath and Dungarvan in Waterford.The towns were rated on factors like car parking, chose of retail stores, restaurants and pubs, safety and family friendliness.REI has stopped short of naming the ‘bottom 25′ of the 100 towns surveyed, instead breaking the bottom 75 towns and cities into the second, third and fourth quartile.Source: Retail Excellence Ireland (PDF)5 unusual ways to reach very special Irish places>last_img read more

Dublin Bus to implement cost reduction plans despite SIPTU ballot

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first_imgUpdated 22:54DUBLIN BUS WILL implement its cost reduction plan from 17 November, despite a ballot last week by SIPTU in which drivers rejected the measures.NBRU workers in the company voted to accept the new deal which came out of an independent report into its future. The company needs to cut costs to reduce its €52 million deficit.After the ballots, Dublin Bus said that it would commence with the full implementation of the cost recovery plan for all grades “without delay”.Today the company said:Dublin Bus is committed to abiding by the terms of the Labour Court Recommendation and the Independent Investigation Report, and will restore the rates for Rest Days, Overtime and Premium Payments after a period of 19 months from the date of acceptance. These rates will be restored on June 14th 2015.To ensure a return to financial stability and to secure a positive future for all Dublin Bus employees, it is now vital that the implementation of the Cost Recovery Plan takes place without industrial action. Industrial actionSIPTU will ballot its drivers for industrial action on the basis of the company moving ahead with plans without an agreement with the union next Tuesday. If strike action is decided upon, the company will be given seven days notice.A source in NBRU told TheJournal.ie last week it would be unlikely that the union’s members would pass any picket placed by SIPTU at depots, which could cause disruption for the city’s commuters.Dublin Bus said further industrial action at this point “is totally unnecessary given that the majority of employees have accepted the Cost Recovery Plan”.“It would severely damage the company’s reputation and lead to increased financial losses,” the company said.‘No basis for further negotiations’Today Transport Minister Leo Varadkar briefed Cabinet on the need for Dublin Bus to deliver savings under the plan. In a statement, the minister’s department said that Cabinet agreed there is “no basis for further negotiations or interventions as all avenues have been exhausted”.The Government is fully supportive of Dublin Bus and will stand by the company in the event of industrial action. Any strike will be prolonged and costly for all sides.Varadkar and his Minister of State Alan Kelly called on SIPTU to join with other grades in accepting the overall result of last week’s ballot results.They also urged the union’s members not to vote for strike action in their ballot next week.First published 16:00.Read: Dublin Bus to implement cost-cutting plans as unions split on proposals>Related: Dublin Bus drivers vote on new company plan>Read: “The outlook for Dublin Bus is stark if this effort does not succeed” – Varadkar and Kelly>last_img read more

Concern over female teens getting genital cosmetic surgery

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first_imgnon-medically indicated cosmetic surgical procedures which change the structure and appearance of the healthy external genitalia of women, or internally in the case of vaginal tightening.This includes the most common procedure, labiaplasty, as well as others including hymenoplasty (vaginal reconstruction) and vaginoplasty (vaginal rejuvenation).The RCOG’s paper explores the ethical aspects of FGCS, and looks at the reasons why women ask for these procedures.Labiaplasty is a procedure undergone for problems relating to the size of the labia minora and concerns with, for example, hygiene, difficulties during sexual intercourse, and discomfort when wearing tight clothes.But the main reason for requesting labiaplasty for some women can be concern about genital appearance, and in extreme cases this is an aspect of body dysmorphic disorder.Labiaplasty, like any surgical procedure, carries short-term risks of bleeding and infection. But the experts say that there are no data on the potential physical and psychological risks in the medium and long-term.They are calling for more data to inform women about the potential of long-term damage to sensitivity and sexual function.Influence of mass media and pornographyDame Suzi Leather, Chair of the RCOG’s Ethics Committee, said that they are concerned about the increase in labial reduction procedures, “fuelled in part by the mass media and inaccurate advertising”.She said that some women’s decisions are influenced by images from popular culture and the pornography industry. “We need to inform women that everyone is unique and that variation in appearance is normal in the vast majority of cases,” she said.Paul Wood, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and chair of BritSPAG said that there is “no scientific evidence” to support the practice of labiaplasty, and that for adolescents the risk of harm is even more serious.He said that it is important that clinicians inform girls about labial anatomy, its development, and variation.“In addition girls should be aware of distortions in popular culture, the unknown risks and efficacy of procedures and ways to manage labial discomfort,” he said.When significant distress is detected, these girls should receive a psychological assessment.The paper includes a number recommendations, such as:Women should be provided with accurate information about the normal variations in female genitalia and offered counselling and other psychological treatments for problems such as body image distress Women must be informed about the risks of the procedure, the lack of reliable evidence concerning its positive effects As full genital development is not normally achieved before 18, FGCS should not normally be carried out on girls under 18 yearsThe BritSPAG position statement focuses on adolescents undergoing labiaplasty, as a result of growing concerns over this type of surgery being performed on girls aged under 18.It looks at reasons behind surgery, including “accessibility to unrealistic and narrow representations of vulval appearance in popular culture and intensive marketing of labiaplasty as an unproblematic lifestyle choice”.The paper’s recommendations for best practice include:Information about normal variations should be offeredSurgical reduction before the completion of pubertal development may lead to long term problems and this should be communicated to the girl and her guardian where appropriateIn case of significant psychological distress, the girl and family should be offered a referral to a paediatric clinical psychologistRead: New regulation for cosmetic surgery clinics on the way>center_img YOUNG TEENAGE GIRLS are having genital cosmetic surgery due to the influence of pornography and advertising, UK experts have said.According to Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), the number of labial reduction procedures has risen five-fold in the UK’s NHS over the past 10 years, with over 2000 operations performed in 2010.Today, two new papers published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (BritSPAG) state that little research exists about the clinical effectiveness and risks in female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) and that it should not normally be carried out on girls under 18 years.The RCOG paper, produced by the College’s Ethics Committee, focuses on women of all ages undergoing FGCS.What is FGCS?FGCS is:last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

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first_imgBitcoin prices have plunged since China started to crack down on the digital currency. [Mashable]Thinking about buying a tablet? Here’s our guide to the best – and worst – features of some of the most popular tablets out there.PARTING SHOTDavid Simon is the creator of visceral dramas about American society including The Wire, The Corner and Treme. In this edited extract from a recent speech, he describes how America has been completely divided in its economics and politics and tries to pinpoint what has gone wrong. [Observer]Here’s what happened yesterday > The ESB strike has been averted after management and unions reached an agreement.A probe has started into allegations that some gardaí made fraudulent pay claims.Gerry Adams has challenged other party leaders to a debate on the past.A human skull has been found in Meath.Two motorcyclists have died in separate crashes on Ireland’s roads today.The Garda Commissioner wants to stop documents about Sophie Toscan Du Plantier from being released. [RTÉ]There’s no love lost between Pat Rabbitte and Colm Keaveney judging by these comments.The number of families losing their home in Dublin has doubled.Joan Burton says changes to maternity benefit won’t stop mothers from wanting to work.INTERNATIONALMembers of a choir pray at a mass in memory of Nelson Mandela at the Regina Mundi church, which became one of the focal points of the anti-apartheid struggle, in Soweto, Johannesburg today. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis). #PROTEST: Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Kiev in a giant pro-EU demonstration.#SLAVERY: Three men, believed to be victims of slavery, have been rescued by police in Bristol.#MADIBA: Some 60 heads of state and government will attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial or funeral in the coming days. [BBC]#AWKWARD: UK politicians aren’t happy about their 11 per cent pay rise – but there’s not a lot they can do about it.INNOVATION NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.Thousands of pro-EU protesters turn out at a rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine today (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)IRELANDlast_img read more

No decision on Irish Water charging Gilmore

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first_imgTHERE IS NO way of saying that people who don’t pay their water charges will have their flow stopped, the Tánaiste has said.Eamon Gilmore was responding to comments made this morning by John Tierney, the head of Irish Water.Tierney had told Newstalk Breakfast that customers who don’t or can’t pay would suffer disruption to their services.However, Gilmore said that he “didn’t see how that could be the case”.“The government has made it very clear that the charging regime will be on top of a household allowance. There has to be an allowance.“In any event, the question of what regime will be in place is not yet determined and it’s too early to be speculating.”Gilmore also reiterated his comments that the €50 million that has already been spent by Irish Water would have to prove to be money well spent.Read: Tánaiste: Irish Water must show €50m spending on consultants was necessaryRead: ‘A national scandal’: Irish Water facing questions from PAC over €50m consultancy feeslast_img read more

From noshow to Joe show Schmidt capable of bringing instant success says

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first_imgRONAN O’GARA BELIEVES that the impact of Joe Schmidt can propel Ireland to being serious Six Nations title challengers 12 months after narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon.This Sunday, Schmidt will take charge of Ireland for the fourth time, but for the first time in a competitive  fixture with more than just IRB ranking points available.Under normal circumstances, O’Gara admits an inclination to think a long-term rebuilding process would be needed after the fifth-place finish in 2013, but added that Schmidt is capable of turning teams around instantly.“The fascinating thing about Joe Schmidt is that I don’t think you need to be in contention first,” O’Gara said yesterday.“He is capable of going from last year’s no-show to potential champions this year like he did with Leinster. “With me, I would have always thought you need to put layer upon layer – building blocks to knock on the door like we did with Munster. It’s an exciting time, because the players are lucky enough to have a fascinating two months ahead of them. It’s a great time to be an Irish rugby player.”Now based in France as an assistant coach with Racing Metro, O’Gara reports with some bemusement that the team whose only wins in the past 12 months have come against Wales, USA, Canada and Samoa are being made competition favourites in that country. Speaking as a brand ambassador for Viviscal, he added:“What’s been missing for the past few years has been years has been consistency. That’s the challenge for this Six Nations, but I see no reason why it can’t be there.“I think the players are there. the coaching ticket is there and I think the support from the public will be there – that’s crucial.“I think when you have those three ingredients, everything is possible.”‘It’s been hugely frustrating’: O’Gara understands Sexton struggles6 stats to sum up how bad Ireland were in last year’s 6 Nationslast_img read more

Driving tests delayed because of industrial action

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first_imgIF YOU HAVE booked a driving test for next Wednesday afternoon, the Road Safety Authority has some bad news.Because of an industrial action by testers, around 400 of next Wednesday’s tests will be delayed, the RSA has confirmed.The RSA says customers who are due to take their test that day are being notified of the disruption and plans are in place to reschedule their tests, at no cost, as quickly as possible at times that are convenient for them.The dispute centres on outsourcing by the RSA. IMPACT says that the RSA has reneged on a recommendation to hire reserve testers.The RSA however says it is in compliance “with numerous recommendations and rulings by the LRC”.“[The RSA has] established a panel of five reserve Driver Testers to assist in reducing the impact of short-notice sick leave absences on customers and to continue to deliver a high quality service. “In 2012, 11,880 driving tests were not conducted due to sick leave taken by driver testers. 8,200 of these tests were not covered from spare capacity and as a result, the RSA had to reschedule the affected candidates’ tests, free of charge at a cost of €697,000 to the authority. This is obviously in addition to the massive inconvenience caused to our customers as a result of having their tests cancelled, often at short notice.“The RSA is extremely disappointed with the stance taken by IMPACT.”Read: Ireland is saying goodbye to the classic driving test feedback formRead: Irish dad’s reaction to ‘failed’ driving test goes insanely virallast_img read more

North Korean ultimatum threatens sledgehammer action against South

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first_imgNORTH KOREA has further heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula, and raised the prospect of an armed conflict against South Korea, issuing an ultimatum pledging a “sledge-hammer” retaliation over citizen demonstrations.Yesterday around 40 South Korean protestors burned a portrait of North Korea’s founder and ‘eternal president’, Kim Il-sung, on what would have been the deceased leader’s 101st birthday.The date is a national holiday in North Korea, where Kim is revered – and the demonstration has prompted an ‘ultimatum’ from North Korea’s military which condemned the display as a “thrice-cursed… monstrous criminal act”.“Our retaliatory action will start without any notice,” the Korean People’s Army said in a statement carried by the state news agency KCNA, adding:The military demonstration… will be powerful sledge-hammer blows at all hostile forces hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership.The comments mark a further escalation of the growing fears of a military conflict between the two countries. North Korea is thought to have stationed several missiles on its east coast, ahead of a possible strike on South Korea, Japan or the US island territory of Guam.“If the puppet authorities truly want dialogue and negotiations, they should apologise,” the KPA statement said.South Korea described the ultimatum as “regrettable” and “absurd”, and threatened a tough response to any provocation.The North’s statement was a disappointing end to what had otherwise been a quiet April 15, known as ‘the Day of the Sun’ in North Korea to mark its founder’s birthday. Some had feared a missile offensive on the date, but Pyongyang instead played host to several flower-laying ceremonies.Separately, a US military helicopter carrying three crew and 13 other personnel crash-landed during military drills on the Southern side of the border.The cause of the incident was not clear, though the US did say the craft had undergone a “hard landing”.There are currently 28,500 US military personnel stationed in South Korea.Additional reporting by AFPMore: John Kerry pushes for talks as North Korea threatens defiant missile launchIn depth: How a shy boy from North Korea became the world’s scariest dictator*last_img read more

Calling out sexism online and getting murder and rape threats for it

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first_imgThe reason I’m hopeful is because of the vibrancy of this movement that’s happening at the moment. If I’d been doing this in a different time period, perhaps even 10 years ago, it might have felt very different, and perhaps more depressing.LAURA BATES SEES it as her mission to show people that sexism hasn’t disappeared – and that men and women are in it together when it comes to achieving gender equality.Yet in her role as the woman behind the project Everyday Sexism, which catalogues people’s (yes, men and women, trans* men and women and people of both genders and none) experiences of sexism, she has faced a huge amount of opposition.Within the wider feminist community itself, she feels completely supported. But the  contact she receives from those who don’t like her work must feel overwhelming at times.“I think people don’t always realise how extreme it is,” said Bates down the phone from London, in advance of her visit to Ireland on Friday to talk at the Dublin Writers’ Festival.“You often get this thing of people saying ‘if you don’t like it don’t read it’.” But it’s not that simple.In reality what you can be getting can be extremely long and detailed emails from someone telling you exactly how they would like to rape you, and murder you, wounds they’d inflict on you and what order and what weapons, and how they’re planning to track you down… threats to members of your family and threats to your loved ones.No one would deliberately put themselves out there to get this sort of abuse, but Bates credits her strong support network of friends, family and fellow feminists with helping her to cope.“It just makes me feel angry – you don’t want to be beaten by it,” she asserted.What is Everyday Sexism?For those not familiar with the site, or its busy Twitter account, it catalogues reader submissions of sexist behaviour. This has led onto a new book, written by Bates. “It’s great that it’s having such an impact and people are finding it useful,” she said.Ireland’s connection with Everyday Sexism comes not just from the women who have contributed to the project, but the team of volunteers assembled by Irish woman and academic Emer O’Toole, in the site’s early days.Laura Bates didn’t set out to ‘solve’ the problem of sexism: “It was more I recognised it would be impossible to solve the problem if people refused to acknowledge it existed.”She disagreed with those who said “no, sexism doesn’t exist and women are equal now”.Very specifically I set out to change that mindset and get people to recognise sexism is a huge problem and the impact it has on women is enormous.What led her to set up the siteWhat led Bates, who wasn’t active in feminist circles until she set up Everyday Sexism, to began the project was a string of events that happened over the period of about a week.A man followed her off the bus, “making really aggressive sexual propositions and refusing to take no as an answer”. She eventually shook him off by going past her house and into a local supermarket.Then she was groped by a man on a bus – and though she loudly told her mother, who she was on the phone to, what was happening, “everybody else on the bus looked away”.There was a real normalisation, a real sense of don’t make a fuss, this is normal. When all these things happened together, it really forced me to think about them.She realised that if any of these incidents had happened in isolation, “I never would think twice about it because it was very normal”. It made her look back at similar experiences that she’d never told anyone about, or made a fuss about, “because I’d been socialised as a woman that this was normal part of life”.After speaking to other women about their experiences, Everyday Sexism was born.She’s heard from women who have tried to report serious abuse in the workplace, and told “you’re young and pretty and he’s the CEO – what do you expect?”She’s heard from schoolchildren having “explicit stuff shouted at them on the street by men”, or being pushed up against on the Tube by men who are sexually aroused.“There is just so much silencing – I think there’s definitely something really cathartic about having these stories not only heard but also believed and accepted.”What can solve the problem?“The main thing that we need specifically is a cultural shift, a shift in normalised social attitudes and behaviours,” suggests Bates when asked about solutions.If those people on the bus that day had found that to be an unacceptable and unusual thing, and had spoken out and asked ‘why are you touching that girl?’, all those feelings of embarrassment and shame and anger that I felt would have been transferred on to him.She sees bystanders as having a role, in not being afraid to step in and say when behaviour is unacceptable. She also suggests sex and relationship education in schools should deal with issues such as consent and healthy relationships.Everyday Sexism the bookIn her book, she gathers the stories into different categories, and looks at the most common themes which have risen again and again from the project entries.Breaking the topics into sexism in the workplace, home, politics, public speeches, and academia, it posits “these different forms of gender inequality are very closely connected and related to each other and impacting on each other, so it has to be that the solution tackles them all at the same time.”For Bates, you can’t look at the issues of lack of representation of women in the workplace or in politics “without acknowledging that the media still portrays women as dehumanised sex objects”.The way some parts of the media represent female politicians “impact[s] on the way voters see women politicians and therefore on the representation of women in politics”.The same attitudes about women ingrained in a society where we accept and normalise street harassment are the same kinds of ideas about women being second class citizens and lesser, and somehow men’s properties, that are also at the root of more serious abuse and domestic violence.There’s talk of Bates’ book being part of the ‘fourth wave’ of feminism, but Bates isn’t too focused on putting a label on the work.“I just feel that there is a huge surge of energy and excitement about feminism at the moment. It feels like there are more and more people able to stand up and talk about it, being able to use the word feminist, able to stand up for the rights of women”.Men, women and the future of feminism Malala Yousafzai Source: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS EntertainmentThe word ‘feminism’ can be a polarising one, and the reaction to Everyday Sexism shows that not everyone – male or female – sees the need for a feminist movement. For Bates, it is “a very accepting and open movement”.It’s very simple – if you think men and women should be treated equally, regardless of sex or gender, then you’re a feminist. And I think people are coming back to that quite simple definition and feeling they can be part of the movement.Asked about men’s role in it, she explained that men’s voices and experiences are included in the project, and “we’ve made it very clear outright from the beginning that this is not about men against women”.Experiences of transgender, intersex or gender non-conforming people are also very welcome on Everyday Sexism.“It’s not about vilifying men or suggesting all men are sexist. It’s about people standing together against prejudice. And I think men do have a role in challenging these behaviours,” she said.But I also think it’s not unreasonable to say this movement should be led primarily by women’s voices, because it is important to acknowledge the fact that this is a form of oppression that structurally in terms of – if you look at political, social, gender balance – does impact more greatly on women than men so it should be women’s voices that are leading the way.They often hear from women who experience different and intermingling forms of prejudice – because of their race, or ability.“In order to tackle any one of these forms of prejudice we have to look at intersectional solutions because they are hugely interrelated,” said Bates.“I’m hopeful” Source: TEDx Talks/YouTubeDespite the detractors and the abusive emails, Bates is hopeful for the future.Everyday Sexism has 144,000 followers on Twitter, and 18 country-specific variations of its site, plus one for refugee women.A look through its Twitter account alone shows that people aren’t standing for sexism, and Everyday Sexism provides them with a voice. Bates has been invited to talk before the UN, and will spend the summer speaking in a range of countries about the project.Despite the dark moments, she feels things are moving ahead positively: “There is just such a sense of energy and fight for change.”Laura Bates will speak alongside Dearbhail McDonald and Jenny Dunne with Sinéad Gleeson on Friday in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, at 8pm as part of Dublin Writers’ Festival. Everyday Sexism the book is available online or in bookstores.Read: Local election candidate subjected to ‘vile abuse’ for being pregnant>Read: Column: We can be the healthy masculinity we wish to see>Read: Column: Making lewd remarks to women on the street is not ‘banter’>last_img read more

Donegal County Council need €78 million to fix Lifford water

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first_imgWorse…The worst…On the really bad days, nobody in the house (including three young children – one who is prone to gastric bugs) can shower or bathe. And a trip to her mother-in-law’s house, laundry in tow, is required.Even on good days, the water must be boiled or put through a filter before it is used. The washing machine is often clogged up with the dirt and grime that flows through the pipes with the water.And they are not the only ones.“At the moment, it is effecting the whole road that we live on, as far down as the primary school.”Residents of Clonleigh Park, Croghan Heights and Castlefin Road have all complained to councillors about the water problems but Donegal County Council says there is nothing to be done until more money becomes available.The necessary repair work requires national funding, says the local authority. A lot of national funding.A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie the total cost of the fix would be €7.8 million.“We have costed it to be delivered over two phases. The first phase of work is costed at €2.9 million and the second phase costed at €4.9 million.”The problems stem from the nature of the pipeline between Ballybofey and Lifford, according to the council. “It is the main cause of water discolouration in some areas when bursts are experienced,” it said in a statement, adding that staff are continuously managing the network.But they concede that an upgrade is required to ensure water quality and continuity of supply.In this regard, following a county-wide survey of the mains network, a significant element of the main is proposed to be replaced between Ballybofey and Lifford, subject to national funding being made available. This would bring about the necessary improvements that would enable the Council to guarantee a continuous quality service to the area.The Department of the Environment has advised that the issue is a local one that will be addressed by council but Sinn Féin deputy Pearse Doherty has added his voice to the list of complainants who are calling for action from the government. He says he has submitted a question to Environment Minister Phil Hogan to query if money will be made available in the near future.Residents are sceptical though.“I have been living here six years but it is going on longer,” exclaims Kelly. “Nobody ever comes back to me about it. It’s all down to money. The story of our lives.”Earlier: TD highlights problem of rusty water in LiffordRead: Councillors concerned about impact of proposed Dublin Bay wind turbinesGood news for business: Dublin City Council to spread burden of commercial rates SIOBHAN KELLY HAD to buy a new washing machine recently. Every month, she buys in countless bottles of water.“I wouldn’t even guess how much it has cost me,” she says. “I haven’t sat down to work it out because I wouldn’t want to know.”The Kelly family live in an area of Lifford that is impacted by the dirty water problem highlighted by TD Pearse Doherty last month.About once a month, the water flowing from the taps in their home turns a rusty colour and becomes entirely unusable.“When it’s bad, it’s really bad,” she told TheJournal.ie, and then provided photographic evidence.Bad…last_img read more